Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pidi Kozhukattai (Steamed Rice Dumplings)

One of a very tasty tiffin, pidi kozhukattai  is steamed dumplings made from Rice Rava. Pidi in this case is hold and press --- the rice rava mixture is gently held and pressed to form an oblong shape; they are then steamed and served with choice accompaniments !
It is a very yummy breakfast/ brunch or dinner menu. 
The accompaniments  that go well with it are chutney (mint, coriander, coconut, tomato--- anything goes with it ) , gun powder with ghee ! My daughter relishes it with tomato ketchup!!!

So here' s my recipe---

  • Raw rice (Pacharisi) - 1 cup
  • Tuvar Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  • Water - 1 1/2 cups 
  • Salt -to taste
For tempering:-
  • Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
  • Red chillis- 2 to3 (to taste)
  • Coconut Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves ( finely chopped ) - a few
  • Asafoetida - a pinch or two

First wash the rice well and soak in in water for 5- 10 minutes along with the dal. Drain the rice-dal mix and pat it dry with a towel to remove any moisture.

Coarsely pound the rice to get a rava/ sooji (semolina) texture.

In a thick bottomed pan add coconut oil and as it becomes hot allow mustard and urad dal to splutter. Add curry leaves and asafoetida. 

Now add the water and bring it to a boil. Add salt to taste and the grated coconut. 

Add the pounded rice rava while continuously stirring it to avoid any lumps.
The mix will get an upma consistency like this. Now allow it to cool a little.

In the meanwhile keep the idli moulds greased and ready for steaming.

Once the mix is of bearable heat take a small amount of it and gently hold and press in to an oblong shape. Repeat for the rest of the upma mix.

Steam these kozhukattais/dumplings in high flame for 15 minutes and let it steam for a few more minutes on a low flame.
Take off flame and  serve hot with chutney or any other accompaniment of your choice !!

Enjoy !!


  1. This is my favorite dish .wishing u a great year 2011

  2. Hey,

    Nice pidi kolukattai dear...:)


  3. That looks yummy..think I'm having it for breakfast :) Thanks Priya

  4. It is very regular food in my home.Delicious one

  5. very authentic looks great.
    Merry christmas to you all.

  6. So Nostalgic Priya!!! Amma used to make this upma in a big VengalaPaanai and steam it in idly moulds!!! The Aroma of arisi upma in that vengalapaanai, OMG!!! Lovely Days!!! Pidi Kozhukatai looks Delicious!!!!

  7. looks yummy.. i haven't tried this dish b'fore.. sounds delicious..

  8. Yummy kozhakattai! I remember my gma making arisi upma in vengalapanai! I used to hate it then, and long for it now!

  9. Pidi Kozhukattai looks delicious. Amma used to make more often.

  10. I love these kolukkattais. Looks so yumm..

  11. This is one of my favorite snack and love the gundu cute..


  12. Oh I love this.just had my lunch.You are making me hungry again!

  13. So inviting kozhukattais dear!!! Loved them all ;)

  14. I think these are called undrallu in telugu. Yours are looking great.

  15. I love dumplings very much. Looks delicious & tempting. I feel like having it now. Very nicely explained with wonderful presentation.

  16. Darling, I love any sort of dumpling! These look wonderful!

  17. My mom's fav ...never tried.....u r making me to try

  18. looks nice and heard for the first time. This is a new kind of prepration and I would like to try it.

  19. Mouthwatering and healthy pidi kozhukattais.

  20. My mom used to make this in a different way though. This must have tasted really good with the seasoning.